Edinburgh boiler company takes initiative with free gas safety checks following tragic blast

EBC’s operations manager Dougie Bell.

IN THE wake of a fatal explosion in the Baberton area of Edinburgh, the Edinburgh Boiler Company (EBC) is stepping up to conduct free gas safety checks for residents. The tragic incident claimed the life of an elderly man and hospitalised two others. Initial findings from the Health and Safety Executive’s investigation indicate that the blast originated from an installation inside the property, rather than the gas network supplying the area.

Recognizing the heightened concern within the neighbourhood following the incident, EBC proactively extended its services to offer complimentary gas safety checks, aiming to provide peace of mind for residents, especially as the Christmas season approaches. The company is also offering free or replacement carbon monoxide alarms for those in need.

Dougie Bell, Operations Director at Edinburgh Boiler Company, expressed condolences for the tragic event, stating, “The dreadful events at Baberton Mains Avenue affected the whole community, and the thoughts of all our staff are with the family of the gentleman who tragically lost his life in the explosion.”

Emphasising EBC’s commitment to gas safety, Bell highlighted the company’s desire to reassure residents about the safety of their homes. During the free gas safety checks, the team identified and resolved a few defects at no cost to the residents. Additionally, carbon monoxide alarms will be installed where required without charge.

“This additional measure is designed to offer an extra layer of comfort, ensuring that every aspect of the property related to gas is not only up to standard but ultimately safe for them and their loved ones,” Bell added.

Mark Glasgow, Managing Director of EBC, acknowledged the tragedy and expressed his thoughts for everyone affected. He focused on the company’s focus on safety and well-being, stating, “People’s safety and well-being are of the utmost importance to us at EBC, and we believe that by offering these services, we will contribute to a safer and more secure community. Hopefully, by doing so, we have helped provide people with peace of mind as we approach Christmas.”

In extending these services, the Edinburgh Boiler Company aims to play a role in rebuilding community confidence and ensuring the safety of residents in the aftermath of the unfortunate incident.

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